Is Eric Braeden Leaving ‘Young and the Restless’ as Victor Newman?

Young and the Restless spoilers promise Victor Newman comes clean to his family about his grim prognosis and fans want to know is Eric Braeden leaving Y&R? Sometimes, soap plots with major illnesses do set up actor exits. But on the CBS soap, it’s usually more drastic. Like when Hilary Curtis (Mishael Morgan) died a lingering death as a result of her car accident. But even a big disease like Michael Baldwin’s (Christian LeBlanc) cancer didn’t take the actor off the show. However, Eric Braeden’s age may be a factor causing fans concern. So, what’s the deal?

Is Eric Braeden Leaving Young and the Restless?

Certainly, it seems like the actor might be teasing Y&R fans. Yesterday, he retweeted the message below of a viewer worried that Victor Newman will die and that Eric Braeden is leaving the show because of this PNH disease. He also retweeted another fan message that included a pic of him and Adam Newman (Mark Grossman) that read: “Please don’t let it happen that EBraeden is going to leave YandR_CBS !!!!!”. Another that Eric Braeden retweeted said that he hopes Victor Newman beats this disease.

In fact, the actor has been retweeting lots of fan comments for those flattering his work in these poignant illness scenes — and those concerned that he and his character are exiting Young and the Restless. Over on Instagram, it also seems the legacy actor is dropping some hints – or just being flat out funny. He tweeted a pic of a book cover 100 Things to Do in Los Angeles Before You Die. So, it could be that Eric Braeden is bracing fans for what’s to come – or just having fun.

Y&R Actor Teasing Fans or Provoking Showrunners About Victor Newman

What is Eric Braeden’s contract status with Young and the Restless? In October of last year, it was confirmed that after serious negotiations, he’d struck a new deal with the soap. If that was for a one-year deal, then he’s only got a few months left because his last air date was slated to be early November 2018 before they hammered out a renewal contract. But that was under awful Mal Young where Victor Newman got back burnered. A big difference is who is in charge now at the soap – Josh Griffith and Anthony Molina.

Both showrunners have made clear they are bringing Y&R back to its pre-MY glory days. That includes, they said, keeping iconic faces. Nothing is more iconic on Young and the Restless than The Mustache. So, what does that mean? Eric Braeden is well past retirement age if he was an insurance salesman. But for an actor, they often keep working as long as they are physically able. Look at John Aniston as Philip Kiriakis on Days of Our Lives. He’s 85 and does 99% of his scenes sitting down, but the guy is still rocking it on DOOL.

Young and the Restless: Eric Braeden and Victor Newman Leaving or Sticking Around?

Instead of expecting the worst from this Y&R plot, keep your fingers crossed. Eric Braeden said on more than one occasion that he would not leave the soap and would play as long as he could. So, this illness story is much more likely a reward for putting up with the British nightmare. This story is all about Victor Newman and is setting him up for a Daytime Emmy nomination. That’s how the CBS soap is probably rewarding him for sticking it out despite Mal Young’s best efforts to shove him out.

Young and the Restless viewers should expect so see some of the best work of Eric Braeden’s career so he gets that Emmy next year and it serves as a middle finger to Mal Young. Already, fans (and cast and crew) were outraged at MY’s behavior at the Daytime Emmys this year when he snatched the trophy for Best Daytime Drama and then gave himself all the credit. Should Victor Newman’s PNH (Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria) storyline get him the award, you can bet he’ll be far more gracious and thank everyone that works on the show instead of hogging the limelight.

We’re betting on Eric Braeden not leaving Y&R and doing a killer job on this well-deserved PNH storyline as Victor Newman. Watch CBS daytime daily to see it all unfold and bring your tissues, but remember, he’s probably sticking around. Maybe Adam is the bone marrow donor match he needs…

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